Bible Names N-Z: Zaphnath-paaneah
Zaphnath-paaneah in Easton's Bible Dictionary
the name which Pharaoh gave to Joseph when he raised him to
rank of prime minister or grand vizier of the kingdom
41:45). This is a pure Egyptian word, and has been
explained. Some think it means "creator," or
life." Brugsch interprets it as "governor of the
district of the
place of life", i.e., of Goshen, the chief city of
Pithom, "the place of life." Others explain it as
revealer of secrets," or "the man to whom secrets are
Zaphnath-paaneah in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Egyptian title of Joseph, Zfntanch; from zaf "corn food," nt
"of," anch "life" (Genesis 41:45). Cook, in Speaker's
Commentary, Harkavy, from zaf "food," net "saviour," paaneh
"life." So a scholium on Septuagint; "saviour of the world."
Not as Hebrew interpreters (Josephus Ant. 2:6, Section 1)
"revealer of secrets."
Zaphnath-paaneah in Hitchcock's Bible Names
one who discovers hidden things
Zaphnath-paaneah in Naves Topical Bible
-A name given to Joseph by Pharaoh
Zaphnath-paaneah in Smiths Bible Dictionary
a name given by Pharaoh to Joseph. Ge 41:45 The rabbins
interpreted Zaphnath-paaneah as Hebrew in the sense revealer
of a secret. As the name must have been Egyptian, it has been
explained from the Coptic as meaning the preserver of the age.
Zaphnath-paaneah in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
zaf-e'-nath-pa-ne'-a, zaf'-nath-pa-a-ne'a (tsaphenath
pa`aneach; Egyptian Zoph-ent-pa-ankh; Septuagint D,
Psonthomphantch, "the one who furnishes the nourishment of
life," i.e. the chief steward of the realm): The name given
Joseph by the Egyptian king by whom he was promoted, probably
the Hyksos king Aphophis (Gen 41:45).
Zaphnath-Paaneah in Wikipedia
Zaphnath-Paaneah is the name stated by the Bible (Genesis,
41:45) as given by Pharaoh to Joseph. It seems to be an
Egyptian name, but its etymology is in doubt. Targum Onkelos
gives the meaning of the name as "the man to whom mysteries
are revealed"; pseudo-Jonathan, "one who reveals mysteries";
Josephus ("Ant." ii. 6, § 1), "a finder of mysteries." The
Authorised Version has in the margin: "Which in the Coptic
signifies, 'A revealer of secrets,' or 'The man to whom
secrets are revealed.'" There is, however, no Egyptian
etymology by which these guesses can be supported. Jerome
claims that his suggestion, "savior of the world," rests on
the Egyptian. This interpretation is also accepted by
Modern Egyptologists have tried a great many etymologies for
the element "Zaphnath," but have mostly agreed that
"paaneah" contains the Egyptian "p-ônḫ," meaning "the life".
Steindorff's explanation, differs somewhat; it is "ṣe(d)-
p-nute(r)-ef-onḫ" = "the god speaks, [and] he lives." This
has become popular, and is philologically possible; however,
it does not convey the allusion to Joseph's office or merits
which we should expect. The Septuagint (Ψον[or Ψομ]θομφανήχ)
and the Hexaplaric versions, however, differ so widely from
the Hebrew in the first half of the name that it may have
been disfigured by copyists.
Zaphnath-paaneah Scripture - Genesis 41:45
And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave
him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On.
And Joseph went out over [all] the land of Egypt.
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